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Manchin's comments Wednesday morning came two days after, during an appearance on MSNBC, he called for "action" on gun violence in response to a shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Since Manchin's MSNBC appearance, he has been regularly mentioned as one of a number of legislators who have called for new action in response to Friday's shooting. That group of legislators also includes Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day Microsoft embraces California law, shaking up privacy debate Google sparks new privacy fears over health care data MORE (D-Va.), who, like Manchin, has an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association. President Obama also phoned Manchin on Tuesday to discuss gun violence.

On Tuesday, the NRA said it was prepared to "offer meaningful contributions" to prevent another shooting massacre. Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate Democrats introduce Violence Against Women Act after bipartisan talks break down Harris shares video addressing staffers the night Trump was elected: 'This is some s---' Centrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda MORE (D-Calif.) plans to introduce a new federal assault-weapons ban in the next Congress. Manchin would not say whether he planned to support the legislation.

"I absolutely cannot say that I do. But what I can say absolutely is I'm willing to look at. We got a copy of Dianne Feinstein's bill last night, 11 o'clock," Manchin said. "We're dissecting, breaking it down now, but I would tell my dear friend and colleague from California that if you're going to introduce that bill solo thinking it's all the gun owners problem and the NRA's problem and they're the villain in this, you're wrong. You better be working with us in a commission that looks at everything."

Manchin added that he was not walking back his comments from Monday.

"I'm saying it more articulate today than I said it on Monday," Manchin said.

The senator from West Virginia added that he never said he was for more gun control.

"I saw some of the media say 'Oh Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinFormer coal exec Don Blankenship launches third-party presidential bid Centrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Overnight Energy: Senate eyes nixing 'forever chemicals' fix from defense bill | Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group | Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics MORE's open to gun control.' I never said I supported it, I said I'm open to looking at the assault [weapons], open to looking at the clips, open to looking at the mental illness, open to looking at the violence in our culture because of our media."

Also on Wednesday, Obama announced a new task force headed by Vice President Biden that will work on recommending "real reforms" to reduce gun violence.

"The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing," Obama said during his announcement.